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indian Valley Record Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011 .TA Portola's Woodbridge prepares 1 Diana Jorgenson Portola Editor djorgenson@plumasnews.com Woodbridge at Portola is gearing up to start construc- tion of new homes and an of- rice building in 2011. Despite the generally slow economy, the developers are seeing small positive signs of growth that encourage them to move ahead with planning and marketing four small, di- verse development projects this year. Although the project has been hampered by on-again, off-again funding and the-eco- nomic turmoil that has also hampered other developers since 2008, progress has con- tinued, however slowly. Some of the Woodbridge in- vestment was focused on in- frastructure to allow the con- struction of the new court- house, which is now in use. Other Woodbridge money was allocated in the purchase price for specific projects, such as a new fire engine, that are now completed. This past year has brought Woodbridge-financed lighting and reconstruction to Gulling Street and along City Park. "As I travel the state and meet with other city man- agers, who report how partial- ly built developments in their jurisdictions have come to a Drug bust in Portola Joshua Sebold Staff Writer jsebold@plumasnews.com Three Portola residents were arrested on drug charges Friday, Jan. 21, when Plumas County sher- iff's officers contactedthem in apartment 32 at 795 East Sierra Ave., allegedly their residence. A press release indicated Laurer Flores and Ian Hoff- mann were initially contact- ed about their alleged in- volvement in a local crime. According to the Plumas County Sheriff's Office, a sub- sequent search led to the seizure of stolen property, sup- plies for manufacturing hashish, methamphetamine paraphernalia and "evidence suggesting the sales and use of methamphetamine, marijuana and prescription narcotics." Flores was arrested on charges of manufacturing a controlled substance and sell- ing marijuana/hashish. Hoffmann was charged with the same two charges and an additional one'for burglary. Joshua Dixon was taken in- to custody on a manufactur- ing a controlled substance charge and an allegation of having a local misdemeanor warrant. All three men are currently being held at the Plumas County Correctional Facility on $500,000 bail. The California Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Forest Service assisted with the case. Need help REPI If it's ing we can'll find someo can. IEglNCE 111114 TRUCTION General Building Contractor Calif. Lic. #453927 (530) 283-2035 halt, been cyclone-fenced off, and have gone through fore- closures, I feel extremely for- tunate that we still have an ongoing dialogue with the Wades of Woodbridge and that we are still attempting to move forward, even though it's at a snail's pace. Consider- ing the current economy and faltering housing market, any progress whatsoever is better than what many California communities and communi- ties nationwide are experienc- ing," said City Manager Jim Murphy. At the December City'Coun- cil meeting, City Attorney Steve Gross provided an up- date and information to the Council regarding the future need to redo the secured prop- erty for a second note on the property. The $1.25 million note held by the city was originally de- signed to provide incentive to develop the property, with a formula to reduce the amount if development Proceeded at a certain pace. "Right now the Woodbridge project is five different parcels. What's been ap- proved is a tentative map and a development agreement. Be- fore there's any more develop- ment up there, there has to be a final map approved; several conditions have to be met. What's proposed right now is that all the property but one parcel be released and this note be secured by the one parcel," Gross explained. The 71.4-acre parcel is slat- ed for 185 homes. "We've always envisioned that we would allow this note to be resecuritized. You have to do that.in order to sell prop- erty and develop it," he added. The initial development phases are what Woodbridge hopes to get off the ground this spring and summer. The first development will consist of 12 "live/work" homes. Each will be a de- tached home with two bed- rooms and two baths on an in- dividual lot with a separate, but attached, office or retail space. Homeowners can oper- ate a small business or can use the space for hobbies and other personal use. A small office building of about 10,000 square feet will be located on Woodbridge Road just behind the new courthouse and adjacent to the high school football field. This building will be suitable for professional or medical of- rices. The building can also be designed as smaller offices, with shared copy service, con- ference rooms and other con- veniences attractive to small businesses. Another cluster of 24 small homes on individual lots is planned on Pole Line Road at the end of Gulling Street. These will be one- or two-sto- ry homes tucked into the woods along Wildcat Creek surrounded by permanent open space. The site is across the creek from and within easy walking distance of the hospital. Those wishing for more tra- ditional single-family homes will find homes and parcels available in a small subdivi- sion near the high school along Sixth Avenue. Woodbridge at Portola in- cludes 398 acres and is ap- proved for approximately 150,000 square feet of office, retail, entertainment and civic uses, and a total of 1,005 dwelling units in a mix o/ types, sizes and styles ranging = break ground The Woodbridge project covers nearly 400 acres at the end of Gulling Street spreading behind Portola's high school. The live/work units illustrated here have generated the most interest and will be one of the first types of housing to be built in the new development. Developer Wade and Associates is looking to meet local builders and begin partnering for construction. Drawing submitted by Woodbridge Plumas DISTRICT HOSPITAL Eddy MuLch EMT I / ED Technician Eddy has really stepped up to the plate. He gives presentations at the monthly Run Review meet- ings and he researches things. Eddy does a rea|ty good job. Congratulations Eddy MuLch[ Plumas District Hospital Employee of the Month of January 2011 from large single-family lots of one-half acre to multi-fami- ly dwellings. Many of the dwellings are designed to be small, single- family homes that are energy efficient and easy to care for. "The vision is to provide a comfortable, affordable com- munity where residents will have ready access to some of the finest recreation opportu- nities in the Sierra Nevada, yet are only a few minutes walk from shopping, the City Hall, the post office, library, the hospital and beautiful parks," said developer David Wade. Over 125 acres of the gite, including all the natural drainages, will be left in per- manent open space. All the planned develop- ment depends on the market acceptance of these homes and office uses. Wade expects to begin the pre-sale of homes in the spring and, if there is strong interest, he hopes to see the homes built and occu- pied before the end of the year. The Woodbridge at Portola project is planned to appeal to a variety of residents from families to recreation home- buyers to active seniors. The homes in this current development phase will par- ticularly appeal to small busi- ness owners who warit to work from the convenience of their home. 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